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Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Morten Anderson

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Kickers usually don’t get enough credit and they are hardly ever recognized until they miss a game winning field (Scott Norwood) yet Morten Anderson was among the very best. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1982…He is the all-time leader in games played in the NFL at 382; in addition, he also holds the distinction of being the all-time leading scorer in NFL history, as well as being the all-time leading scorer for two different rival teams; the New Orleans Saints, with whom he spent 13 seasons, and the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he spent a combined eight seasons. Following is the list of acheivements of Morten Anderson …

NFL records

At the end of his career Andersen held the following NFL records (As of 2009):

  • Most games played (career) – 382[19]
  • Most consecutive games played by a placekicker – 248
  • Most field goals attempted (career) – 709[20]
  • Most field goals (career) – 565[21]
  • Most points (career) – 2,544[22]
  • Most seasons, 75 or more points (career) – 24[23]
  • Most consecutive seasons, 75 or more points (career) – 23
  • Most seasons, 90 or more points (career) – 22[24]
  • Most game winning field goals (career) – 103
  • Games with 1+ field goals (career) – 299[25]
  • Games with 2+ field goals (career) – 178[26]
  • Oldest player to score 14 points in a game – 47 years, 133 days (for Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks, December 30, 2007)[27]
  • Oldest player to kick 4 field goals in a game – 47 years, 42 days (for Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans, September 30, 2007)[28]
  • Oldest player to kick 5 field goals in a game – 46 years, 43 days[29]
  • Most field goals (50 or more yards) in a game – 3 (vs. New Orleans, December 10, 1995) (tied with several players)
  • Most consecutive games scoring (career) – 360
  • Most games scoring (career) – 379
  • Most consecutive seasons scoring (career) – 23 – tied with Gary Anderson
  • Most consecutive calendar years scoring (career) – 26

Team Scoring Records:

  • New Orleans Saints- 1,318 points
  • Atlanta Falcons – 806 points

(One of two players to have held career statistical franchise record for two NFL teams)

  • New Orleans Saints – FGs made/attempted: 302/389
  • Atlanta Falcons – FGs made/attempted: 184/224
  • New Orleans Saints – PATs made/attempted: 412/418
  • Atlanta Falcons – PATs made/attempted: 254/256

Pro Bowl records:

  • Most points in Pro Bowl (total) – 45 (15 points after touchdown, 10 field goals)
  • Most points after touchdown in Pro Bowl (total) – 15
  • Most field goal attempts in Pro Bowl (total) – 18
  • Most field goals in Pro Bowl (total) – 10

Andersen holds 2nd place in the following NFL records:

  • Most PATs attempted (career) – 859 (1st place: George Blanda, 959)
  • Most PATs made (career) – 849 (1st place: George Blanda, 943)
  • Most seasons – 25 (1st place: George Blanda, 26)
  • Most seasons, 100 or more points – 14 (1st place: Jason Elam, 16)[30]
  • Most games with 5 or more field goals (career) – 9 (John Carney, 11)

 

Career history
Career highlights and awards
NFL records
  • 2,544 points scored, career
  • 565 field goals made, career
  • 709 field goals attempted, career
  • 382 games played
Career NFL statistics
Field goals: 565/709 (.797)
Extra points: 849/859 (.988)
Points scored: 2,544
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